Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

November 30, 2013

Vivian Helsley dominates ladies tourney

A number of big sets were rolled this past week with Travis Shreve’s 763 at the Bowler leading the area. Bobby Lannon had 758 featuring a 289 game at Rainbow Lanes, Buck Lease had 753 at Rainbow while Curt Mullenax shot 753 at the Bowler. The week wouldn’t be complete without a Yates family update. It was Derek’s turn this week with a 300 game at Rainbow.

Vivian Helsley shot 635 to lead the ladies at White Oaks. Kasey Sullivan, also at White Oaks, had 690 as the high junior bowler. Carter Nave had 659 and Trey Bennett shot 635 at the Bowler.

The Western Maryland USBC held its 8th annual Women’s Championship Tournament at Berkeley Springs. On the Scratch side, Vivian Helsley was the winner with a 9-game total of 1664, edging out Becky Torrington with 1657 and Vicki Coughlin with 1640. Helsley also was the Scratch Singles champion with 614. Judy Somers finished second with 568 and Becky Torrington was third with 560.

In doubles, Becky Torrington and Vicki Coughlin combined for 1047. Cheri Gerhold and Karen Snidemiller had 1034 and Somers and Helsley had 1015. For the teams, I only have team names, not the winning rosters, but the winning team with 2100 was “Vivian Helsey No. 2” and second place was “Vivian Helsey No. 1,” so I think it’s safe to assume Vivian had a big hand in those winning teams.

On the handicap side, Somers won all events with 1982. Lisa Smith finished second with 1979 and Sharon Collins had 1972. Handicap singles ended in a tie between Linda Clingerman and Helsley with 686. Lizz Fullerton was next with 685. Handicap Doubles was won by Smith and Karen Watkins with a total of 1335. Gerhold and Snidemiller finished second with 1316.  Mary King and Nancy Luse came in third with 1310. The Handicap Team Champion was the “Wiz Honey Bees” from Wilson Lanes.

To summarize, by my count, Helsley won scratch titles in All Events, Singles and Team and was tied for the Handicap Singles lead. Congratulations Vivian on a great weekend of bowling.

The holiday season brings together family and friends each year. In many ways, league bowling brings family and friends together each and every week. League bowling can range from simply “fun” leagues all the way up to very competitive “money” leagues depending on skill level.

No matter which league you choose, you can keep up with old friends and probably make some new ones. Bowling is still very affordable and is a sport that can be enjoyed for many, many years.

Contact a local center to see about league openings. Even part way through a season there is still a place for new bowlers.

Joe Mullenax is the Cumberland Times-News bowling columnist. Write to him at monktd@yahoo.com.

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